Summer 2014 Bucket List

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Yesterday was our first day of summer vacation. There was no sleeping in, however, as my son loves to bound out of bed whatever time he wakes up; 6:15 a.m. is not a deterrent. As the summer goes on, I suspect he’ll slowly ease into sleeping in, perfecting it right when we need to shift back to our school schedule.

Other bloggers have been doing bucket lists, and I felt inspired to do one as well. Some of these apply to just me, and some are for the whole family. I’m hoping having a list to fall back on too many repeated occurrences of, “I’m bored,” which I was already treated to, three hours into vacation.

Some of the things in my list are for the whole family, and some are just for me. I also have plenty of non-fun things on a separate list, but no one wants to see the details of my cleaning and decluttering plan. One of my main summer goals is to keep up with the garden, which requires a lot more work than a simple list item, especially considering all the troubles that can happen in a Texas garden (read: a bazillion mosquitos, no rain for months, 90+ from mid-May to late October). I’m up for the challenge, though.

Here’s our list!

  • Visit Casey’s New Orleans Sno-Balls
  • Cook at least one new recipe from a cookbook a week
  • Catch fireflies
  • Make ice cream or popsicles every week
  • Make pizza on the grill
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Do a nature scavenger hunt with cameras
  • Antique prop shopping in Round Top
  • Go fishing
  • Visit the Minneapolis Farmers Market when we’re in Minnesota
  • Annual tomato canning
  • Night swimming at Barton Springs
  • Go to Blue Starlight Drive-In
  • Go blueberry picking
  • Have a day-long movie fest
  • Play mini-golf
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Eat breakfast in bed
  • Make homemade paper
  • Perfect my pie crust technique
  • Teach the big kid to cook one meal
  • Visit a winery in the Hill Country

What are you doing this summer?


  1. says

    I love this…short and specific! Are you going to post the list in the house somewhere?

    There have been too many summers where I want to do all these fun/great things, and then all of a sudden it’s the end of August. You have inspired me to compile a list…

    Have a great summer!



    Megan Reply:

    @Amy, I feel I have to be specific otherwise it won’t happen. Being too broad means I can interpret however I want, which usually translates into doing nothing!


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